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Hip Hip Hurray!

May 23, 2018

By Kelli Gile, WVUSD Office of Community Resources 

WALNUT, CA--The Walnut Valley Unified School District honored to the 2018 retirees during a reception held May 16.

A total of 41 employees including administrators, teachers, and classified personnel were recognized for outstanding dedication to students during the ceremony.

Each honoree received certificates of recognition, retirement gifts, and heartfelt congratulations from the Board of Trustees and Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor.

Congratulations to the following retiring staff members: Cecilia Arias – Teacher, Walnut High; Connie Barro – Instructional Aide- Special Education, Chaparral Middle School; Carolyn Brayshaw – Teacher, Vejar Elementary; Patty Breitag – Teacher, Diamond Bar High; Livia Cheng – Teacher, Walnut High; Anna Chiavetta –Teacher, C.J. Morris Elementary; Shirley Conner – Teacher, Maple Hill Elementary; Linda Cuesta – Instructional Aide – Special Education, Collegewood Elementary; Sharon Dea – Librarian, Evergreen Elementary; Jane Dyer-Smith – Teacher, Collegewood Elementary; Joni Evans – Teacher, Quail Summit Elementary; Cheryl Faren – Special Education Teacher, Ron Hockwalt Academies; Amelia Guerrero – Noon Aide, Quail Summit Elementary; Margaret Hamel – Teacher, Westhoff Elementary; George Harderson - Teacher – Diamond Bar High; Loree Hoff - Teacher - Evergreen Elementary; Sushma Jain - Child Care Supervisor; Dr. Diana Ketterman - Psychologist, Hockwalt Academies; Vera Korneff – Teacher, Maple Hill Elementary; Catherine Lobretto - Textbook Clerk, Walnut High; Lourdes Martinez - Nutrition Services Worker, Walnut High; Debbie Manjarrez -  Instructional Aide PE -  Educational Services; Milagros McConaughy -  Nutrition Services Worker, Vejar Elementary; Kathy McLean – Teacher, Quail Summit Elementary; Sandy Moritz – Teacher, Evergreen Elementary; Elaine Nakasone – Teacher, Westhoff Elementary; Carol Oshiro – Speech & Language Pathologist, C.J. Morris Elementary; Dr. Cathy Patterson – Teacher, Evergreen Elementary; Denise Rendon – Principal, Westhoff Elementary; Mary Renner – Teacher, Quail Summit Elementary; Diane Roddy – Teacher, Castle Rock Elementary; Larry Rodgers – Teacher. Chaparral Middle School; Rosalie Sanchez – Noon Aide – Collegewood Elementary; Sally Schmidt – Teacher, Castle Rock Elementary; Barbara Shen – Teacher, Diamond Bar High; Kristen Sims – Teacher, Castle Rock Elementary; Barbara Smith – Instructional Aide, C.J. Morris Elementary; Kathy Stewart-Schmidt – Teacher, Westhoff Elementary; Janet Sugita – Teacher, Quail Summit Elementary; Jim Talbert – Teacher, Ron Hockwalt Academies; Ron Torres – Custodian, South Pointe Middle School; Elvonne Vance – Teacher, Collegewood Elementary; Lynda Watts – Teacher, Special Education; Ruthellyn Whittington – Grade Level Coordinator, Walnut High; and Velma Zozaya – Career Vocational Assistant, Diamond Bar High.

Deputy Superintendent of Human Resources Dr. Matthew Witmer and Director of Human Resources Dr. Sergio Canal co-hosted the event.

“Thank you for your dedicated service and for always putting Kids First!” Witmer said.


Wishing the WVUSD Class of 2018 retirees all the best in the next chapter of their lives!  

Trustees congratulate retiring Collegewood Elementary teacher Jane Dyer-Smith for 40 years of dedicated service. 

Westhoff Elementary Principal Denise Rendon retires this month after serving 33 years in Walnut Valley. Shown with Board of Trustees and Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor. 

South Pointe Middle School custodian Ron Torres retires with 25 years of dedicated service. Shown with Board Members Cindy Ruiz, Dr. Tony Torng, and Layla Abou-Taleb.

Evergreen Elementary teacher Dr. Cathy Patterson is recognized for 33 years of exemplary service to students during retirement reception.

Quail Summit Elementary teacher Kathy McLean is lauded for 25 years of service during retirement reception.